from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plant whose stem does not produce woody, persistent tissue and generally dies back at the end of each growing season.
  • n. Any of various often aromatic plants used especially in medicine or as seasoning.
  • n. Slang Marijuana.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any green, leafy plant, or parts thereof, used to flavor or season food.
  • n. Plant whose roots, leaves or seeds, etc. are used in medicine.
  • n. Marijuana.
  • n. A plant whose stem is not woody and does not persist beyond each growing season


Middle English herbe, from Old French erbe, from Latin herba.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from Latin herba. (Wiktionary)



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  • Cool. What's a pocket-protector?

    August 25, 2010

  • also, in street slang, a square, doofus, dork, or neb. "That guy is such a herb, he wore his pocket-protector to the club."

    August 25, 2010

  • Errrrrrb!

    Oh, excuse me.

    August 14, 2010

  • Were you looking for Herb?

    August 10, 2010

  • Errrrrrb!

    By the way, speaking of "h," "an historian" drives me batshit. It's "a historian."


    August 9, 2010

  • *scans the room for signs of sionnach*

    When the h is important enough to be capitalized, we recognize it. Otherwise it wouldn't be a proper Capitonym, would it?

    August 9, 2010

  • Errrrrb!

    August 9, 2010

  • ARRRRGH I really really dislike it when people drop the "h" from the word "herb". Sorry, it's just wrong. Americans, guys, you can pronounce your "h", you say "holiday" and "happy without silencing the "h". There are only certain specific words that start with a silent "h" and herb really really is not one of them.

    August 9, 2010

  • I love pronouncing it the American way. Errrrrrb!

    January 30, 2008

  • With a silent "h" in the States

    January 29, 2008

  • German for bitter, or dry, in the case of wine

    January 9, 2008